By Brian Savard
NEW YORK, NY – The State University of New York at New Paltz women’s volleyball team (12-5) split on its final day at New York University’s Violet Classic at the Coles Sports Center, beating the Rochester Institute of Technology (7-9), 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-13), before falling, 3-2 (25-14, 14-25, 25-23, 19-25, 10-15), to host NYU (12-1) in the nightcap. New Paltz finished as runners up to NYU at the event. Senior setter Marissa Kingand sophomore outside hitter Becca Borquist each earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
New Paltz controlled the momentum throughout most of the first set, and Borquist put away the set-clinching kill. Once again, RIT stayed within striking distance of New Paltz in the second frame, and back-to-back Hawk errors drew the Tigers within two points of the Hawks at 21-19. Borquist then sparked a four-point tear for New Paltz to close out the set.
RIT controlled the third set early, mounting a 7-3 advantage after a service ace by Bethany Davis. A 6-0 New Paltz run prompted an RIT timeout, and soon the gap was too large for RIT to overcome, with New Paltz cruising to the straight-set victory.
The first two sets ended up getting out of hand, with New Paltz serving as 25-14 winners in the first and with NYU countering with a 25-14 triumph in the second. Set three featured the first close frame of the match, as the two teams entered the stretch run tied at 19-all. The two sides traded points until New Paltz went on a 3-0 run that included kills from Roessler and Borquist. NYU pulled within one, but Borquist floored a termination to give New Paltz the victory in the set.
Despite drawing within one point of NYU midway through the set, the Hawks were unable to reclaim the lead they had held early, and the Violets forced a set five.
New Paltz came out fast out of the gates in the fifth, as three Borquist kills helped the Hawks mount a 4-2 lead. NYU stormed back, scoring six of the next eight points to hold an 8-6 advantage heading into the turn. The Violets continued to fire on all cylinders, as they eventually constructed a 13-7 edge. Katie Robinson delivered the final blow to New Paltz.